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On today's 123 Show, we're talking about the popularity of walking tours around Hong Kong. Ski Yeo, the founder of Big Foot Tour, joins us at 1.30. After 2, Annalie Chow talks to Janice Cheung, tour interpreter at the WWF-Hong Kong Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre, about their new programme of eco-visits. (1:15pm-3pm,email@example.com)
Today on Morning Brew commentator Steve Vines returns at 10.10 for his regular look at the week that was in Asia's Weird City. Join us on Facebook Live for today's offering. As always we'd love to hear from you. After 11.30 MB vet Dr. David Gething will be with us to talk about what actually happens behind closed doors when you pet has to undergo surgery. And, after a three week artistic hiatus (his laptop broke) we welcome back MB's composer in residence Glen Llloyd aka JUNK! with some new batteries and live music making.
(9:30am-1pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org )
On Thursday's Backchat -- it's looking like the end for the popular pedestrian zone in Mong Kok, which is likely to be reopened to traffic seven days a week after complaints about noise disturbance from street performers. The local council is due to vote on a motion later today calling for the scrapping of the weekend restrictions on vehicles in Sai Yeung Choi Street South, with the government likely to act accordingly. The council received more than 1,200 noise complaints from residents last year. So it reasonable to reopen to street to road traffic - or is it a retrograde step? There are also calls to relocate the pedestrian zone to a different area where it's easier to manage, and introduce a licensing scheme for performers. What do you think about that? At the same time, the campaign continues in support of a traffic-free zone in Des Voeux Road Central, in the heart of the business district on Hong Kong Island. Leave a message, or email us at email@example.com, or call us on 23388266. After 9.20, the May heatwave goes on ...
Gloomy comments from Donald Trump about a trade agreement with China and the likelihood of the planned summit with Kim Jong Un taking place have taken the shine off Asian stocks. Most regional markets followed Wall Street lower in Wednesday morning trading. The Hang Seng was down 1% by the lunchtime break and the Shanghai Composite index fell 0.8%. Shares in Chinese carmakers dropped after Beijing slashed import duties on automobiles to 15%, from the current 25%, effective July 1. In South Korea, shares in chipmaker SK Hynix surged almost 5% to a 17-year high on reports it had signed a chip supply deal with NVIDIA.
The FT is reporting that Barclays Bank is exploring a potential merger with a rival, with Standard Chartered Bank being at the top of the list of preferences. It would not be the first time that Standard Chartered has come under scrutiny from a British bank. In 1986 it narrowly escaped being taken over by Lloyds.
The Hong Kong Economic Times is reporting that China’s largest ride-hailing service provider, Didi Chuxing, is considering an initial public offering in Hong Kong valuing the company at between US$70 to 80 billion. The journal said sources told it that Didi has been in pre-listing consultations with investment banks since April.
On the economic front, Japan’s manufacturing growth has slowed to a 9-month low. The Nikkei-Markit flash manufacturing PMI slipped to 52.5 in May, from 53.8 in April.
Joining Thursday’s Money Talk is our regular weekly guest, personal wealth adviser Enzio von Pfeil and also Karine Hirn, Partner at East Capital. Providing the view from Taiwan is Maurice Lu from Sinopac Futures in Taipei.(Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, every weekday 8-8:30 a.m.)
Podcast of Hooked is available now. Click HERE to download.
Anna Fenton presents a five-part series, Hooked, which looks at the growing issue of addiction in Hong Kong - from alcohol and illegal drugs to social media, internet pornography, smart phones and tablets (dubbed “process addictions” because like gambling, users get an effect without actually ingesting a chemical). Hear how the internet is providing a fast-forward button to addiction, find out what addiction really is, what it’s not, how to tell if you’ve got it, and what to do and where to get help if you’re ... Hooked.
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